Post by dgdecker on Feb 4, 2018 7:14:29 GMT
I need a bit of help and insight on how to best mount, organise and display my US collection.
Most of what i have in an album right now, dates from my my teenage years of the 1980s and is part of my WW collection. I have discovered recently I have much more that I had ever Imagined.
recommandaions on purchasing an older , used album? I am looking for a 1960 cut off point just to keep things manageable
i have a limited budget
ok with using hidges as most stamps are used and hindged.
what can I expect to pay? I am in Canada, so it’s easy to think in a couple of currencies.
There is a major stamp show here in early May. I was hoping to make a purchase then so I would not have to factor in mailing costs.
Looking for a most complete comprehensive album or pages.
For other collections I have used Steiner pages. I have no issues at all, but I think when I consider the paper and ink costs a « classic » album might be a better option.
suggestions as to what I might need to look out for or avoid would be most helpful.
my focus is to get it displayed at at the least expensive way possible so I can spend my money on adding to that collection.
looking forward to your help.
What I collect: WW, focus on British Empire
Post by angore on Feb 4, 2018 14:16:57 GMT
I still would recommend Steiner pages. I use them too for worldwide.
When you say you want "classic" I assume you do not mean a more affordable entry album but say a used Scott National. I would not recommend used beginner Liberty or Minuteman albums.
I count around 144 pages for the all pages through 1960. You can buy a pack of cover stock and get them printed on a laser printer (find a friend - not inkjet) and put them in a nice Lighthouse Vario G (large one) binder for around $40 off Amazon. You can get a ream of 250 sheets for less than $20.
If you are open for an upgrade from entry, the best bang for buck US album is the Mystic Heirloom album. It looks like the price is $49.95 these days (although I see prices at $45.95 too). You get three binders and pages for general postage and airmails. This is what I have for my US collection. At some point, I will like get better binders but they work.www.mysticstamp.com/Products/Supplies/M8104/USA/
1. Stamps are not crowded on pages with a clean look
2. Includes Scott numbers for all spaces and album is more or less Scott order
3. There is descriptions for all issues and history on left hand side (back of other page)
4. Uses standard 3 ring paper size with D-ring binder that lays flat. Slip cases available
The less positive:
1. The paper is 28# so not as robust with heavier items on page. This is less of an issue (like punch holes tearing) with older issues (not as much weight on page)
2. The binders are basic but find them durable enough. You can always use any other one you like
You see used Mystics albums on ebay but the prices are often higher than new and shipping is often higher than Mystic.
Woodbridge, Virginia, USA
What I collect: Worldwide stamps/covers, Cinderellas, Ohio Prepaid Sales Tax Receipts, U.S. WWII Ration ephemera
Post by tomiseksj on Feb 4, 2018 15:45:43 GMT
If you're looking for ready-made, Amos is selling pages for the Scott National album
-- $59.49 plus S&H for Part 1 (1845 -1934) and the same price for Part 2 (1935 - 1976). They also sell binders and slipcases.